Events, Parties & Celebrations at Merley House - Private Function Venue in Dorset

Set overlooking the town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset, Merley House is an enchanting Georgian Manor House offering the perfect venue for your private function, celebration or party.

A large elegant room with a grand piano situated at one end. Several round tables and chairs are laid out to one end of the room

Private Event & Function Venue

With a choice of five state rooms to suit any occasion, Merley House is a perfect venue for dinner dances, balls, luncheons, parties, anniversaries, christenings, naming ceremonies and wakes.

Merley House can be booked exclusively for you and your guests to enjoy and we can tailor your event to meet your requirements. We are proud to work with a fantastic selection of local caterers who can provide high quality food and professional service for your event, if catering is required.

We understand the importance of your event and we will do all we can to ensure everything is perfect for you and your guests. With excellent facilities and a wealth of experienced and friendly staff, Merley House has a lot of offer, enabling you to host your private event in comfort and style, with beautiful surroundings.

Rooms To Suit Any Occasion

A large room set up with round tables and chairs multi colour balloons rise from each table

The Old Library

This is the largest of the rooms for hire. It is decorated in grey and features plasterwork clouds and sunbursts within an arabesque and garlanded border. It can accommodate a ball or party with dancing and live music. The spacious classical entrance hall makes for a grand impression and leads to a magnificent staircase. Capacity: 100 People.

A large, elegant room set up for a wedding with multiple tables and chairs decorated with flowers and chaircovers

The Drawing Room

Decorated predominantly in green with white cornicing and detailed in gold, this room boasts an impressive chimney piece in white and green marble. The ceiling has a large central oval depicting ‘The Judgement of Paris’. The Drawing Room is perfect for smaller events, drinks receptions or buffets. Capacity: 40 People.

A large room set up with round tables and chairs

The Dining Parlour

Situated in the north-west corner of the building, this room is decorated in blue tones. Features an impressive fireplace and a captivating ceiling that incorporates a depiction of Bacchus receiving a cup of wine from Ceres. The Dining Parlour is perfect for smaller events, drinks receptions or buffets. Capacity: 40 People.

the bridal suite laid out with comfortable chairs in front of a fireplace

The Nursery

Located on the first floor of Merley House (stair only access) this room is perfectly suited to smaller, more intimate events or for the safe storage of your guests’ belongings when using other rooms. It features three full-length windows, providing panoramic views of the nearby town of Wimborne Minster.

*Please note – The Nursery is only available for use at weekends

The Grand Entrance Hall, decorated with an ornate plasterwork ceiling, a large fireplace and a chandelier

The Grand Entrance Hall

Merley House boasts a classical entrance hall that provides a great first impression for your attendees. The hall features a grand fireplace and a beautiful plasterwork ceiling, and leads to The Old Library and our magnificent staircase.

A room with a large bar and a grand piano in one corner

The Morning Room

Accessed by double doors from The Old Library, this room features a fully-stocked bar and an impressive Bösendorfer grand piano. The French doors lead to the south east corner of the house and a delightful enclosed patio area for you and your guests to enjoy.

Back Lawn

Leading out through the Old Library’s French doors is the back lawn. This area is not owned by Merley house Events and cannot be hired out. However, it is a communal area that be used by guests to complement their events and has many uses. It provides a small playpark, as well as a great area for a caterer to host a BBQ, Garden games, Picnic area or Bouncy Castle.

*Please note – Permission to use the land for these activities is required from the owner before these can go ahead. Also behind the house is an access road which must be always kept clear, and parents are required to supervisor their children at all times in this area.

a black grand piano

Venue Hire Rates

*Please note – We are currently updating our rates, please get in touch with any queries

Catering Options

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Recommended suppliers

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Terms & Conditions

multiple elaborately decorated tables laid out with flowers and silverware. Bunting hangs from the ceiling
wooden railings of a staircase leading up to the first floor
a small outdoor patio with several tables and chairs covered with umbrellas

Planning a Party, Function or Celebration?

To speak to us about hosting your private event at Merley House please call us on 01202 885024.
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